Gook splat. Gook gunk. Ankle deep. Blood seeping through his shoes. Try it on she said. Try it on she laughed. That gook kid. Gook dead. Blood seeping. Ankle deep.
American Tabloid is great. The Black Dahlia is very good. But all his novels are pretty much the same aren’t they? Stacccato. Sentences. Tight. Claustrophobic. No fluidity. Little grace.
Characters like his sentences don’t really evolve. Don’t grow. Have shade or nuance or subtlety. The men are all venal and corrupt and weak in ways various. All the women are tarts with hearts. Or good girls gone bad. They like their men tough and their sex rough. Then they die. At the hands of weak, venal, corrupt men. The cast of thousands becomes impossible to follow. Especially as they are all so similarly drawn. The hundreds of pages difficult to read. As it’s not writing. It’s typing. Page after page. Same shit. Over and over. I bought Perfidia, started to read it. Gave up. Page 162. I’m gonna try again. Some time. I know I will.
So is Ellroy any good? I sort of want to think he is. But is it boy music? Do we like Ellroy, the same way we like the Dan. The darkness, the difficulty, the misogyny, the misanthropy?
So? Is he? Any good?